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Confederation

This selection of approximately 200 images provides a sample of the collections related to the origins and evolution of the Canadian federation during the second half of the 19th century. In particular, it documents the union of the British colonies in 1867 as well as the expansion and land management of the Canadian territory.

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  • Fathers of Confederation and their opponents: Macdonald, Brown, Cartier, Dorion, Howe, etc.;
  • Cartoons and illustrations depicting political events (the burning of Parliament, Pacific Railway Scandal and National Policy);
  • Building of the transcontinental railway;
  • Colonization of the Prairies.

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Fathers of Confederation (M993.154.60)

Watercolour
Fathers of Confederation
John David Kelly
1900-1925, 20th century
M993.154.60

The Burning of the Parliament Building in Montreal (M11588)

Painting
The Burning of the Parliament Building in Montreal
About 1849, 19th century
M11588

Confederation ! The Much-Fathered Youngster (M994X.5.273.150)

Print
Confederation ! The Much-Fathered Youngster
John Wilson Bengough
1886, 19th century
M994X.5.273.150